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3 Reasons You Might Experience Eyelid Twitching

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On occasion, you might feel your eyelid twitching, and while it can feel strange, it’s not usually something to worry about. Frequent twitching or blinking eyelids can be caused by blepharospasm, which is a movement disorder. It’s not serious, and it will typically go away on its own. It can also be known as myokymia. You will notice eyelid twitching if you can feel your eye closing on its own or if you find yourself frequently blinking. It’s not known what exactly causes it, but there are certain triggers that can set it off.

Stress or anxiety

Minor eyelid twitching can be linked to everyday occurrences, including stress or anxiety. This is typically because you feel more tense, which can cause the muscles and nerves around your eye to become overstimulated.

If you notice your eyelid twitches more when you’re feeling nervous or stressed, try to find different ways of calming yourself down to alleviate the symptoms.

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Tiredness

Being tired is one of the most common reasons for eyelid twitching. The twitching often occurs because the muscles around your eyes are fatigued. Researchers have found that twitching can be the result of a malfunction of cells, which can be down to feeling overtired and overworking your muscles.

You will notice eyelid twitching happens most when you are tired. If this is the case, try to get an early night’s sleep and adopt a healthy sleeping pattern.

Too much caffeine or alcohol

Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can also cause some eye twitching, as they will both cause your eyes to feel tired. Excessive consumption of caffeine can overstimulate your nervous system to keep you awake, while too much alcohol will relax your muscles which could also lead to twitching.

Try to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol to a healthy amount.

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How to reduce eyelid twitching

There typically isn’t any treatment for eyelid twitching, but there are little things you can do to help ease the symptoms. Firstly, getting plenty of rest is important to help those muscles around your eye take a break. If you notice twitching, try to avoid caffeine or alcohol until it has subsided. 

The most important thing is not to worry as it’s usually nothing serious. Worrying too much could exacerbate the frequency of the twitching.

When to see your GP or optician

You might wish to make an appointment with your local optician if you notice the twitching has lasted for more than two weeks. Similarly, if your eyelid is becoming painful or you notice any other changes in your eye health or vision, it’s important to see a medical professional to make sure.

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